18th June 2016 Dads bike wins “Best Bike in Show” Eroica Britannia 2016
This was a bit of a surreal day.
I only entered the RRA into the Eroica Britannia “Best Bike” competition by chance last week in the best pre 1949 category. I am not a cycle restorer. I only have ever restored one bike- my Dad’s Raleigh Record Ace.
I was pretty amazed to be selected in the best 3 of class.
Judging took place on the Saturday morning at 10:00 am.
Thinking that that was it- I was happy to be placed into the top 3 of class (there were some gorgeous cycles in the competition). I went on a 20 mile ride with the VCC to a pub for lunch at Chelmorton which also included my wife and daughter.
I got back at about 4pm and dusted off the bike for the final judging at 5.00pm.
The final judging was running a little late but I won my class. I was amazed!
After judging of the other classes I entered the final and was named “overall winner”.
I won an Elephant Bike.
I have given this to my daughter Marion as her student bike at University. She starts in September and is reading Medicine.
Altogether an amazing day!
On Sunday I completed the 55 mile “Sportsman” ride on the RRA.
My Dad has obviously been looking down on us this weekend- he would have been tickled pink that his RRA had won the day!
Above: This photo was taking during judging
Above: Final Judging
Above: With the winning prize